SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Will Setterfield of the Giants sets to mark the ball during the AFLX match between GWS Giants and the Richmond Tigers at Allianz Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Greater Western Sydney midfielder Will Setterfield has been given permission from the club to meet with Victorian teams.

According to, Setterfield met with clubs Essendon and Carlton last week after it was reported in August they expressed interest in the midfielder.

GWS list manager Jason McCartney described the highly-rated midfielder’s situation the same as Dylan Shiel’s or Rory Lobb’s when speaking on AFL Trade Radio.

The duo are still contracted until the end of 2019 but have reportedly wanted a transfer home to their respective states in Victoria and Western Australia.

McCartney said he’s just exploring the idea of going home.

“He’s not too dissimilar to Dylan and Rory. With our permission, he’s been out there with his manager,” McCartney said.

“He’s just catching up with a couple of clubs.

“He’s obviously got two years to run as well (on his contract) and he’s a highly touted junior.

“Unfortunately he’s just had a bit of a bad run, especially this year with an ACL injury. We’ll just work through that over the next week or two.”

The 20-year-old has only managed two games since being picked No.5 in the 2016 draft, after being a victim of injuries, including a left knee reconstruction which wiped him out for the entire 2018 season.

The Giants seem to be resigned with losing two of their big stars.

“We’ve had a number of conversations with players and managers, this year, really mature combinations about what 2019 and beyond looks like,” McCartney said.

“Our understanding with the players [is] it’s probably more likely than unlikely beyond 2019 they’d look to explore to get back to their home states.”